Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Achieving Battle Sight Zero in Iraq

Around the room, Marines and Iraqi tribesmen and police are sitting together, swapping jokes and stories. Some of these Iraqis were probably shooting at Americans less than a year ago. Now they and the Marines are fighting side by side against Al Qaeda. "We are not just friends but also brothers," the sheik tells Kozeniesky. "This is a new beginning for both of us." Kozeniesky can only agree: "Things have changed dramatically." A 5-year-old Iraqi boy in traditional robes and headdress is racing around the room and vaulting into U.S. troops' laps. What does he want to be when he grows up? He proudly announces: "American general named Steve!"


Also read, "Why the Surge is Working, Yet More Americans are Dying"
Misunderstanding the Surge by Frederick Kagan
Too Soon to Judge the Surge by Bill Roggio
Strata-Sphere continues pointing out the positive developments in Iraq.
Old Soldier: "The War as We See It"
Also blogging: Midnight Blue

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Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Awww that little boy :-)

We all have to prepare for this to get somewhat worse before it get's better, that's what happens when cockroaches infest, and then have to be terminated.

We HAVE to keep our Resolve because this is it.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007 12:05:00 PM  
Anonymous skye said...

I have the perfect photo for this post. Check out MidnightBlue, feel free to copy the photo.

PS: Mind me reposting this on Ancora and MidnightBlue?

Tuesday, June 05, 2007 6:48:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

marie, I posted exactly why we can expect things to get bloodier before things get better (something General Petraeus and other military commanders have said themselves).

skye, by all means, take whatever you want for your blogs. You're like family.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007 8:15:00 PM  
Blogger Cajun Tiger said...

The fact that they are even reporting about the cooperation is a huge sign that things are much better on the ground as before while this was happening on a regular basis for safety reasons it was kept quiet.

Friday, June 08, 2007 8:41:00 AM  

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